Colonel S--biomedical engineer, explosives expert, and the Maylasian's government go-to hitman--has been doing the dirty work of the rich and corrupt for years now and is ready for his final job. One that will ensure the domination of the Muslims over the Malaysian state. The target? Kuala Lumpur International Airport. All he needs is a little help from his old friend andColonel S--biomedical engineer, explosives expert, and the Maylasian's government go-to hitman--has been doing the dirty work of the rich and corrupt for years now and is ready for his final job. One that will ensure the domination of the Muslims over the Malaysian state. The target? Kuala Lumpur International Airport. All he needs is a little help from his old friend and protégé, Dr. Jay Ghosh. Despite the dangerous circumstances and Jay's own tragic Malaysian history, which he has been running from for 30 years, he cannot refuse the man who once saved his life. But, when Jay contacts Agni, the daughter of his first love with dangerous secrets of her own and a hunch that Colonel S is not all he seems, Jay is torn between righting the wrongs of his past and remaining loyal to a blood oath he has finally been called on to repay.Set in modern day Malaysia, divided by two religions vying for control of the state with violence and manipulation, Ode to Broken Things rings true in an increasingly dangerous world fraught with warfare, conflicting cultures, dysfunctional governments, and terrorism. However, Dipika Mukjerjee's focus on the characters' interwoven histories forms the story's overarching message that, despite race, ethnicity, or religion, the same blood runs in our veins.From the Trade Paperback edition....
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Ode to Broken Things Reviews
Intriguing. Bold for a Malaysian book, as the writer spells out the political and racial sentiments without much self censorship. She captures the feel of the city and countryside without romanticizing, a common flaw for many of diaspora.
Thunder Demons is a fast-paced thriller whose initial premise is based on an actual event, the mysterious murder of a Mongolian model in Malaysia. Although the work is clearly fiction, the use of a similar murder as the starting point for the action allows Dipika Mukherjee to explore the murky world of Malaysian politics in the context of a swiftly-unfolding story that centres on the intertwined lives of an airport worker, Agni, and an expatriate researcher, Jay Ghosh, who is returning to Malaysia at the prompting of the sinister Colonel S. Although the novel is set in contemporary Malaysia, and the action takes place over the course of a week, the plot delves back into Malaysia's colonial past for some of its key details.At one level, this is a love story, but at another it's a discomforting examination of the state of the nation fifty-odd years after independence. Dipika Mukherjee, who is originally from India, and is married to a Malaysian national, writes tellingly about the tensions that lie beneath the surface of the "truly Asia" Malaysia of the tourist brochures. This is ultimately a dark, occasionally shocking story of political chicanery, casual brutality and racial tension. The thriller aspect makes it a page-turner, but the deeper themes remain long in the mind after the dramatic conclusion.
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the January 2017 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/...
So I was worried I wouldn't finish this in time before my book club meeting in a week, but then I started the book on Saturday night and stayed up Sunday night to finish. Definitely kept me intrigued and wanting to know what happened next. Mukherjee managed to combine just the right amounts of family secrets, ethnic tensions, rising extremism, and politics to keep me interested but without it being too much to squeeze into one novel. A good read!
This book gave an insight into the mass immigration of Indian and Chinese population in 1940's led by Britishers when they colonized South Asian region. I especially empathized with the ethnic assimilation issues faced by their great grand children in Malaysia today. After 5 generation of living in a country can you ask these great grand children that Malaysia is not your country, just because you are Indian or Chinese or of a different religion who came here 5 gen before? It makes you to think.
Thunder Demons is everything a thriller should be, and more. It is difficult to weave political, personal and multi-cultural themes into a storyline so that each thread is equally convincing and contributes to forming a satisfying whole. Dipika Mukherjee has done exactly that. Her characters are well drawn and complex, enabling the reader to understand the ‘why’ behind even the most extreme of actions. The political and social issues are not merely a backdrop – they are as alive and real as the passionate people who populate this book.Along the way to the suspenseful and shocking end of this dark, unique, and powerful thriller, I found myself effortlessly absorbing the complex colonial history as well as the deep cultural divides that define Malaysia today.